Skip to content

Louisiana Senate votes 28-1 to urge NFL to reconsider Saints’ suspensions

Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints Getty Images

The Louisiana State Senate has passed by a 28-1 margin a resolution urging the NFL to reconsider the discipline given the Saints for the bounty scandal.

The resolution, which had already passed the State House of Representatives, says this is a matter of concern for the state because “the New Orleans Saints have produced countless exciting and magical moments for the city of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, the Gulf Coast region, and the entire country,” and because “the taxpayers of Louisiana have invested millions of dollars into the success of the Saints organization by supporting stadium improvements, practice facilities, and other incentives.”

There is no chance at all that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will actually be swayed by this resolution, although the reminder that the taxpayers have invested millions into the Superdome might be enough to get him to give a perfunctory statement about how he respects the legislature’s opinions and appreciates the fans’ passion for the Saints.

And the fans’ passion for the Saints is what this is really about. The resolution says that “the sanctions faced by the team will likely have a negative economic impact across the Crescent City and the state as a whole,” but what Saints fans are really concerned about is the negative impact the sanctions will have on the team’s won-loss record. What this resolution really accomplishes is to tell Saints fans who are also voters that their elected officials are on the team’s side.

Permalink 135 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: New Orleans Saints, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
135 Responses to “Louisiana Senate votes 28-1 to urge NFL to reconsider Saints’ suspensions”
  1. nhpatsfan says: May 15, 2012 6:33 AM

    For once, I’m hoping Goodell sticks to his guns and doesn’t apy any attention to this. Governement has slightly more pressing issues than worrying about sports…

  2. ksm31311 says: May 15, 2012 6:35 AM

    ha ha ha

    Nothing else to do in the state…

  3. fitzmagic1212 says: May 15, 2012 6:38 AM

    They got caught let it go. Louisiana senate should have other things to focus on one would imagine..

  4. craigd1zzle says: May 15, 2012 6:40 AM

    :o <——– That's my surprised face!!

  5. wwwfella says: May 15, 2012 6:41 AM

    this is ri got dam diculous!! the state government is backing cheaters??

  6. bigbluebruiser says: May 15, 2012 6:44 AM

    No chance in hell………

  7. truthhurtstoo says: May 15, 2012 6:45 AM

    Bush League State- why with ALL the problems facing this country is the Louisiana State Senate wasting time on football suspensions?

    Simply mindboggling!

  8. negativeman89 says: May 15, 2012 6:47 AM

    Saints fans are annoying as hell.

  9. londonfletcher says: May 15, 2012 6:48 AM

    I’m going to compile a list of things that Don’t surprise me..

    The sun rising.
    Not wanting to go to work.
    This.

  10. emaimo80 says: May 15, 2012 6:48 AM

    I urge Louisiana state to reconsider Gregg Williams speech. “Kill the head and body will die” enough said. Your saints shouldn’t be allowed to play another game until their name is changed from the hypocritical name “saints”!

  11. gotampabay52 says: May 15, 2012 6:50 AM

    Can this off season get any better, really the govorment is going to pass a bill to lift the punishment. What.. Sorry to fans but your team did wrong oh well. Thats what happens when your team does wrong. This is crazy your team sucks your city sucks suck to be you.

  12. geauxjay says: May 15, 2012 6:51 AM

    All Roger Goodell has to do is share one ounce of credible evidence and all of this will go away.

    And we don’t need to hear it from bitter Eagles and Vikings fans who are still upset that your team didn’t get a Lombardi Trophy before the Saints did. You believe they are guilty even though you have seen nothing that proves it because you are angry.

  13. jrfrom508 says: May 15, 2012 6:51 AM

    Goodell is awful

  14. ar1888 says: May 15, 2012 6:51 AM

    It would be a PR nightmare for the NFl to lift suspensions. Way too much press currently about concussions and other injuries to take a soft stance.

  15. kingbeason52 says: May 15, 2012 6:51 AM

    Wow, big suprise..

  16. geauxjay says: May 15, 2012 6:52 AM

    Can this off season get any better, really the govorment is going to pass a bill to lift the punishment. What.. Sorry to fans but your team did wrong oh well. Thats what happens when your team does wrong. This is crazy your team sucks your city sucks suck to be you.

    ________________________________

    Roger Goodell clearly has the illiterate, grammar-challenged fans on his side. So clearly he has that going for him.

  17. biglebronski says: May 15, 2012 6:53 AM

    Sorry, Louisiana Senate, but these suspensions didn’t stem from Gregg Williams selling “Who Dat” t-shirts.

  18. pa1856 says: May 15, 2012 6:57 AM

    If I were to put a bounty on a coworkers head, I would face repercussions for what I did. That is what Goodell is clearly doing. The fact that state legislators want to ignore criminal activities is baffling and the entire state needs to realign their moral compass. But Drew Brees needs an explanation of why they are being punished…

  19. dobberdubinsky says: May 15, 2012 6:58 AM

    The guy who he voted against the bill must be the only true football fan of the bunch. To the city of New Orleans, the state of LA and Taints fans everywhere, accept your punishment and get over it, your just making yourselves even worse!!!

  20. geauxjay says: May 15, 2012 7:07 AM

    Just once, I would like to hear why all these bitter, pissy Saints fans are so angry about Saints fans demanding justice. Tell me one piece of evidence that you have seen that PROVES that the Saints had bounties on other players.

    Of course, other than the ones that have already been leaked out and have been proven to show nothing.

  21. savocabol1 says: May 15, 2012 7:19 AM

    I think it is time that we tell the government to stay the hell away from sports.

  22. bryanwenzel says: May 15, 2012 7:20 AM

    I would pay cash money to have Darth Goodell doulbe all existing penalties and release a statement:

    Thank you, Loosey-anna politicians. We had neglected to fully realize how horrific the deeds these men had performed truly are. Not only are the punishments now closer to what is appropriate, we’ll be assisting the targeted players with filing criminal charges.

    Oh, and you’re on board as aiding and betting. Be watching for the subpoena!

    Regards, Roger.

  23. silverdeer says: May 15, 2012 7:25 AM

    This just in… The population of the Louisana penal system has just voted 75408-1 that they are innocent and that they should be allowed to go free with no probation.

  24. dk56 says: May 15, 2012 7:29 AM

    Not surprising that a state with politicians known for taking under the table cash payments would be voting for reconsideration.

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in Louisianna!

  25. nepo784 says: May 15, 2012 7:29 AM

    With each passing day it’s becoming easier and easier to hate the Taints and the state of Louisiana, more and more

  26. NoobTubeTV says: May 15, 2012 7:32 AM

    Don’t they have something important to legislate?…
    Maybe prepare for the impending hurricane season or figure out how to fix their unemployment rate?

    Could Ohio’s Senate pass legislation for the NFL to reconsider giving the Browns the toughest schedule in 2012?

  27. itsnotforme says: May 15, 2012 7:36 AM

    Aren’t these the same people who got caught with their pants down during Katrina. Seems they don’t know how plan for or deal with adversity. Move on and get over it. Who Dat that got caught.

  28. Patriot42 says: May 15, 2012 7:36 AM

    So just because the LA state government had a vote in favor of reducing or throwing out the penalty Goodell laid on the Saints shouldn’t carry any weight. If they don’t like the punishment maybe they should have paid a little more attention to how this team was conducting business.

  29. 13fitzj says: May 15, 2012 7:39 AM

    They probably all voted for Santorum too…does that make it a good idea? NO.

  30. saintsfan26 says: May 15, 2012 7:41 AM

    Wait, you mean Congress actually believes in a fair trial and innocent until proven guilty? No way. Maybe now Goodell will finally show some proof? Is that so much to ask? I mean, this is America afterall.

  31. hooks024 says: May 15, 2012 7:45 AM

    If the fans care about the team so much, they will continue to support the team regardless of the suspension and subsequent hit in the win-loss record, therefore one could logically conclude that there would be no negative economic impact. Score: logic & reason-1 louisiana legislature- 0

  32. truthfactory says: May 15, 2012 7:48 AM

    The fans of opposing teams also pay millions of dollars to watch their teams and players, which is why the Saints need to be severly punished for trying to pay each other to injur their key players. Just because they weren’t able to do it, doesnt make it any less wrong.

  33. neworleanscheaters says: May 15, 2012 7:49 AM

    Maybe they should worry about being the armpit of the U.S. Corrupt, dirty, unhealthy, obese, drunk and stupid are just a few of the issues that Louisiana’s legislature should focus on instead of an issue they know will never be considered. What a bunch of idiots.

  34. romeisburningtfb says: May 15, 2012 7:49 AM

    It is unreal to me that the government actually took the time to hold a vote on this. What a waste of time.

  35. rockthered1286 says: May 15, 2012 7:55 AM

    What’s better for the city of New Orleans: back your team who is amidst the biggest scandal since Spygate, or publicly say “We do not support the actions of the team during the Greg Willaims era, however we will support this team through this time of adversity and believe we will prosper in our time of trial. Saints nation will not falter.”

    Wow. I’m not even a Saints fan. Truth be told I can’t stand them because of their undeserved publicity they got from the SB when all I heard was “blah blah blah Katrina blah blah blah they deserve it.” Yea… natural disasters = city needs a SB… but I digress. All I’m saying is to make this move, you’re basically coming off as the obnoxious, spoiled, whiny kid when you were growing up that everyone HAD to play with but nobody liked… well played city of New Orleans. Well played.

  36. bigtimeeaglesfan says: May 15, 2012 7:55 AM

    To be honest, I initially thought the whole bounty thing was a joke. If this was five years ago, there would have been a couple of 4-6 game suspensions and they would have moved on. After all, the rules are in place to suspend guys now for hits that fall outside the rules and the Saints were not found guilty any more than any other team to my knowledge. What evidence is there that any player actually acted on this?

    This, IMO, is all about the the ex-players’ case in Philly Federal court. I smell a Billion dollar potential award and Goodell does not want to have any evidence to suggest that he didn’t look to curb unnecessary violence.

  37. bartpkelly says: May 15, 2012 7:56 AM

    Would they be willing to not host a super bowl for 10 years?

    I say that because I think the NFL has really helped that fcity and state by not allowing them to move to San Antonio and allowing them to host numerous super bowls.

    They should let the NFL have this one.

  38. baddegg says: May 15, 2012 7:57 AM

    I want to know who the one opposing vote was and why they voted that way. That would be an interesting detail…

  39. larryed says: May 15, 2012 8:02 AM

    Sorry…. this situation is wholesale in the NFL and the Saints got caught but the suspensions are bogus. I don’t care for Sean Payton, I have always admired Greg Williams as a defensive coach and hate the ‘Aints but they got a raw deal.

  40. sickpuppyz says: May 15, 2012 8:07 AM

    In the state with the highest crime rate in the nation, they don’t have anything else better to do? As for the taxpayers of Louisiana, they get a nice kickback with all the SBs hosted at the Superdome, so spare me the the taxpayer drivel coming from corrupt politicians who only care about their own pockets.

  41. thisiscrazycallmemmaybe says: May 15, 2012 8:08 AM

    Who is the one member who voted against this?

  42. conormacleod says: May 15, 2012 8:08 AM

    Wow. And still, a few people believe because Goodell hasn’t sent a personal letter to every person in America “proving” the allegations, then the Saints must be innocent. The Louisiana Legislature has done what Goodell couldn’t do…..get every single person except die hard Saints fans on his side.

  43. mtheparrothead says: May 15, 2012 8:09 AM

    @geauxjay,

    Ah the grammar police. Enjoy those suspensions!

  44. dustinbrady1215 says: May 15, 2012 8:09 AM

    in other breaking news, the sky is blue

  45. bleed4philly says: May 15, 2012 8:09 AM

    Hahaha, this is worse than Spector leading the charge against spygate. Even gov’t isn’t big enough to take on the NFL

  46. voxnovo says: May 15, 2012 8:09 AM

    The Louisiana State Assembly has nothing better to do than indulge in uninformed, biased, and politically pandersome resolutions like this one?

    I don’t even live down there and I’m embarrassed for them.

    But obviously the politicians themselves don’t embarrass easily if at all.

  47. wezalo says: May 15, 2012 8:11 AM

    Should take the super bowl title away from them. Being that the title was due to blatant cheating.

  48. salmen76 says: May 15, 2012 8:11 AM

    To hell with Goodell. He’s a scaredy-cat. The Saints will be hitting even harder this year. I have zero respect for Roger Goodell. He’s a whiney weak sneaky snakey sly cowardly girly man! Saints will host and win the Super Bowl in New Orleans Louisiana this coming January! Geaux Saints!

  49. noozehound says: May 15, 2012 8:13 AM

    oh yeah, they’re an impartial body…

  50. ejmat2 says: May 15, 2012 8:15 AM

    geauxjay says:
    May 15, 2012 6:51 AM
    All Roger Goodell has to do is share one ounce of credible evidence and all of this will go away.

    And we don’t need to hear it from bitter Eagles and Vikings fans who are still upset that your team didn’t get a Lombardi Trophy before the Saints did. You believe they are guilty even though you have seen nothing that proves it because you are angry.
    ————————————–
    LMAO. So the fact your coaching staff admitted it and took “full responsibility” for it doesn’t prove anything? You talk how Eagle and Viking fans should get over something. We have. Now it’s time for you to get over the fact the Saints superbowl was and will forever be tainted. Instead of you projecting things to others, take heed to your own recommendations.

  51. jagsfanugh says: May 15, 2012 8:15 AM

    This just shows what a joke the government can be. I guess in Louisiana the biggest problem is the Saints. I would love to believe that but i live in the real world.

  52. dawgsafety13 says: May 15, 2012 8:16 AM

    I’m embarrassed for the State of Lousiana…

  53. chrisjohnston10 says: May 15, 2012 8:17 AM

    He killed that man, but he donates a lot to charity so he should be let free.

    This is about the Saints breaking the rules. The government has no place being involved in this dispute.

  54. ickky says: May 15, 2012 8:20 AM

    New Orleans Saints*

  55. 4thqtrsaint says: May 15, 2012 8:24 AM

    I’m from Louisiana and I will say this was not only lame, but unnecessary. Goodell has no case anyway. And he’s not going to care one way or the other. The truth is coming, and its going to shock a few people. Others won’t have their minds changed by the truth. The media will make their minds up for them.

    And I love how people keep referring to the Greg Williams speech. Send me a clip of that speech where he says, “I’m paying hard cash for career-ending injuries” and I’ll concede its a smoking gun. Until then, its just a recording of a blowhard blowing hard.

    While we’re at it, lets cover this again… If you are really mad about the whole bounty program that Williams ran, then its time to get angry at Washington, Buffalo, Tennessee & Jeff Fisher. He ran bounty programs there too. Jeff Fisher, his best friend, hired him knowing how he rolls. Had he not been busted, there would have been bounties in St. Louis. If none of that bothers you, then you just hate the Saints.

    And stop with the “its not the crime, its the lying” argument. You all sound like a bunch of parrots.

    Now tap that thumbs down and get on with your day.

  56. belliott07 says: May 15, 2012 8:24 AM

    And this is what we spend our tax dollars on? Isn’t there some real legislation to pass?

  57. 7ransponder says: May 15, 2012 8:25 AM

    geauxjay says:
    May 15, 2012 6:52 AM
    ________________________________

    Roger Goodell clearly has the illiterate, grammar-challenged fans on his side. So clearly he has that going for him.

    —————————————–

    Says the guy who spells “go” like a drunk French Canadian.

  58. beckzhere says: May 15, 2012 8:27 AM

    The saga continues.

  59. shaunypoo says: May 15, 2012 8:32 AM

    The bill to actually do any work didn’t get any traction and died in the street out front.

  60. slew55 says: May 15, 2012 8:35 AM

    Punishments are supposed to have a negative impact. If they didn’t, there would be no incentive to alter your conduct. The Saints understand incentives, right? The positive impact here is that you learn your lesson and don’t do it again. It’s well past time to man up and move on….

  61. mialto says: May 15, 2012 8:35 AM

    Goodell should suspend the Senate while he’s at!

  62. dlmcc1010 says: May 15, 2012 8:36 AM

    the government needs to mind their own business. There are much more important things they need to be doing rather than getting involved in the local sports team. Its nothing more than a ploy for votes for them. This is why our government is useless and broken.

  63. cgarsmoker says: May 15, 2012 8:40 AM

    Have you seen any of the Swamp Men, Swamp Hunters, Swamp Logger, Cajun Pawn Stars shows on television? Great depictions of Louisiana’s finest residents……When I read about how stupid Saints fans have been reacting and now how their legislature is responding, let’s just say – I understand why.

  64. longdrivesaint says: May 15, 2012 8:47 AM

    I have never seen so many cry baby haters come out of the wood work hiding behind a computer screen in my life. Until u know the whole truth and nothing but the truth shut your pie holes. That is what’s wrong with u bums. U think every word that comes out of this piss poor commisioners mouth is law. Just keep feeding the fire. Now, if they are found guilty without a shadow of the doubt then I’ll side with ya. (always will be my team though regardless) The NFL hasn’t showed the evidence and until they do then give the bashing a break. If it was your team u would fight for them too. My guess is that that goodells evidence is made up of smoke and mirrors though or we would’ve seen it by now.

  65. 49erstim says: May 15, 2012 8:47 AM

    Ahhhh pandering politicians….they KNOW the NFL won’t back down off of these punishments and so they waste time with this kind of stuff hoping you’ll remember them come election time. Government should stay out of sports! Athletes aren’t the millionaires I’m worried about. I’m more worried about the cheaters and liars in our capitol buildings. Wanna pander to your constituents?… Work on those gas prices….or the fact that small businesses all over America are going under or our OBVIOUSLY failing school system. Get back to WORK!

  66. alaric411 says: May 15, 2012 8:48 AM

    So…the NFL should reconsider disciplining the Saints because the Louisiana taxpayers have invested millions of dollars in the success of the Saints. Since pretty much every NFL city has done the same, I guess the NFL should no longer enforce league rules because some taxpaying fans will be unhappy.

  67. geauxjay says: May 15, 2012 8:50 AM

    I know that you guys aren’t freaking out because people are demanding due process, and they are innocent until proven guilty.

    You people clicking thumbs down on my comments are a pathetic bunch of Nazis.

    And “Louisiana is a dirty cesspool” is not a justification for punishment. It just makes you look petty. It’s funny how all of you are making fun of Louisiana, but I appear to be the only person on this site other than Florio who knows how to spell and write a compete sentence.

  68. jimthebuilder27 says: May 15, 2012 8:51 AM

    Man so glad our taxpayer dollars are used so state legislatures can “work” on things like this. Maybe lawmakers should be the ones working for minimum wage?

  69. neer music says: May 15, 2012 8:54 AM

    if only they were as united in regards to fixing the levy’s as they are to ok’ing dishonest sportsmanship.

  70. nflfan555 says: May 15, 2012 8:57 AM

    This is to you 4thqtrsaint, they were punished for lying and not stoping when told to stop – not for the “trying to injure component”. This is about failure to stop after being told to stop period. You were rumored to get 22 to 23 guys suspended and you lost a barely average linebacker for a year and a decent DE for only a half season, my god you got off tremendously easy!

  71. 12thmanhawks says: May 15, 2012 8:57 AM

    Instead of passing a resolution to reconsider , why not pass a resolution of apolology. After all your beloved team is caught trying to hurt other players …..MOROns.

  72. laxcoach37 says: May 15, 2012 9:06 AM

    Did they Vote themselves a raise and exemption from our crappy healthcare system and continued salary/pension when they leave office and… while they were at it?

    Joking aside… I think Our Government( State or Fed) has no right to vote on anything in the private sector to begin with. Stick to the other topics you know nothing about like Education, Healthcare Infrastructure and Taxes Budgets.

  73. getthegleam says: May 15, 2012 9:09 AM

    I liked them better when they wore bags on their heads.

  74. djkeitse22 says: May 15, 2012 9:09 AM

    I am a Lifelong Saints fan, and I wish they would just let this go and move on. Let’s stop living in the past.

  75. djstat says: May 15, 2012 9:13 AM

    Goodell does not have to share evidence with the public or the government. He will have to in a hearing/appeal. Get over that.

    Does a resolution mean anything? They are uring the NFL to reconsider? How about the NFL reconsider having a SUper Bowl in your pathetic state. Solve a real problem you clowns

  76. musicman495 says: May 15, 2012 9:18 AM

    Without providing any evidence other than what we have seen so far, the Commissioner’s punishments are excessive. But this action by the State Senate is ridiculous. Why was it not unanimous?

  77. jaltreality says: May 15, 2012 9:20 AM

    I’m a Saints fan and I think this is an incredible waste of time. The government, at its various levels, gets too involved with sports as a way of winning over its constituents. With very, very, very few exceptions, they should be dealing with the problems ailing their state.

  78. tatatoothy says: May 15, 2012 9:20 AM

    4thqtrsaint says:
    May 15, 2012 8:24 AM

    I’m from Louisiana and I will say this was not only lame, but unnecessary. Goodell has no case anyway. And he’s not going to care one way or the other. The truth is coming, and its going to shock a few people. Others won’t have their minds changed by the truth. The media will make their minds up for them.

    And I love how people keep referring to the Greg Williams speech. Send me a clip of that speech where he says, “I’m paying hard cash for career-ending injuries” and I’ll concede its a smoking gun. Until then, its just a recording of a blowhard blowing hard.

    While we’re at it, lets cover this again… If you are really mad about the whole bounty program that Williams ran, then its time to get angry at Washington, Buffalo, Tennessee & Jeff Fisher. He ran bounty programs there too. Jeff Fisher, his best friend, hired him knowing how he rolls. Had he not been busted, there would have been bounties in St. Louis. If none of that bothers you, then you just hate the Saints.

    And stop with the “its not the crime, its the lying” argument. You all sound like a bunch of parrots.

    Now tap that thumbs down and get on with your day.
    ___________________________________

    First, your “tap that thumbs down and get on with you day” quote was hilarious.

    On to the rest of your post, I disagree with you defending the Saints.

    That said, I completely agree with you that the other teams Gregg Williams has been with, and ESPECIALLY Jeff Fisher, should have been equally investigated by the league and, where similar actions occurred, similar punishment should have been meted out.

  79. klunge says: May 15, 2012 9:22 AM

    thisiscrazycallmemmaybe says:
    May 15, 2012 8:08 AM
    Who is the one member who voted against this?
    ————————————————

    I don’t know, but we’ll probably find out when the good people of Louisiana issue a recall to remove him from office.

  80. nowillrepeat says: May 15, 2012 9:27 AM

    At least goddell’s punishment was consistent with the patriots

  81. elijason says: May 15, 2012 9:27 AM

    Fans give and give, and then they are the ones who suffer the consequences. NFL figure out a way to not punish the fans.

  82. bleedgreen says: May 15, 2012 9:32 AM

    This is about economic impact and kissing babies. If the Saints are bad, no one travels to see the Saints play and no one spends money in and around the area of the stadium. If the Saints fan base feels disenfranchised with the NFL, that isn’t going to be a one season thing. They may ‘give up’ on NFL and move to the NBA/Hornets instead, or just go back to loving the SEC and LSU.

    I can’t believe you guys really think this is about football other than superficially. The voters are overwhelmingly Saints fans, so you can push through a cupcake bill in next to no time that makes you look like a hero to the people and garner votes for the incumbent.

  83. nolarules says: May 15, 2012 9:33 AM

    Blah, blah, blah….Who really cares. Haters are going to hate. Saints fans will defend their team to the death. Not going to change one person’s mind either way.
    Time for legislature to get back to the real work. Like improving the unemployment rate from the number 6th ranked state among states with an NFL team to number one on that list

  84. chatham10 says: May 15, 2012 9:33 AM

    The main question is ” Did they explain this and get approval from Drew Brees”?

  85. adamc0nley says: May 15, 2012 9:35 AM

    They should try actually fixing levees first before worrying about football matters.

  86. southcakpanther says: May 15, 2012 9:35 AM

    I can do nothing but laugh at Saint* fans.

    Contract that team already.

  87. buckybadger says: May 15, 2012 9:35 AM

    My friend and I voted to urge them to reconsider as well. We also voted that Miss America pageants will be done in the nude and the cheerleaders in Denver must all date us.

  88. norseyapper says: May 15, 2012 9:37 AM

    Louisiana has a long history for some of the most filthy and corrupt politics in the country so this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. I doubt that they even can distinguish between what is fair, right, and reasonable. Why should the Saints have to face consequences for their ridiculous and malicious actions…the politicians of LA seldom have.

  89. buckybadger says: May 15, 2012 9:38 AM

    @4thqtrsaint, a lot of what you are saying is true but the reason the Saints got hit hard is because they where warned twice and kept doing it. The Packers where doing it as well to a lesser degree but when told to stop they did. The punishment is too harsh but when your child defies you directly repeatedly you come down harder on him otherwise you lose all authority.

  90. jdawg111 says: May 15, 2012 9:40 AM

    typical politicians, with real life problems and issues on their hands, they go and use their time to butt into sports.

    These senators should all be immediately relieved of their duties for wasting the taxpayers money on a vote like this.

  91. purplehaze55335 says: May 15, 2012 9:44 AM

    Must not have anything else to do.. And I thought Minnesota was bad!!!

  92. homelanddefense says: May 15, 2012 9:45 AM

    lol, and in other news the Massachusetts legislature has voted 200-0 to ask Roger to return the 1st round pick the Patriots lost during spygate.

    What a joke, our governments can even get their jobs right, leave sports alone.

  93. tilafoo says: May 15, 2012 9:48 AM

    It’s comical that people think the Super Bowl win should be taken away or that it was a “tainted” win. How many cheap shots were there in the Super Bowl? How many players were carted off? I’ll help you out, zero. It was a clean win. I’m not saying the bounty thing was right, it sucks and I don’t support it but to go and say the Saint’s trophy should be taken away is just ignorant. About as ignorant as the Senate voting on the suspension. Now if this was spygate..then you’d have a valid point.

  94. vetdana says: May 15, 2012 9:57 AM

    Who is the one member who voted against this?

    He should be the next Louisiana State Governor !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. rockthered1286 says: May 15, 2012 9:57 AM

    @4thqtrsaint- Aren’t we the arrogant one? So you’re saying that we all assume that this actually took place because we listen to media, yet you say other teams and coaches have done it as well because why? That’s right, the media says so. Hypocrisy is a b*tch.

    ps- If the “truth is coming,” which I assume you mean the truth that there is zero evidence, Goddell made it all up and the Saints are just a perfect organization targetted for no reason whatsoever, then can you please justify why the organization has not taken legal action against Williams or Hargrove for testifying that the program did exist? Wouldn’t that be slander against the Saints which resulted in suspensions? Wouldn’t they be defending themselves instead of having the local gov try and do it for them? Justify that one.

  96. thejuddstir says: May 15, 2012 9:58 AM

    28-1…..who says there isn’t at least one ethical and responsible person in Louisana !

  97. dscol715 says: May 15, 2012 9:59 AM

    I am pleasantly surprised by this. Apparently there is one person in the Louisiana legislature that isn’t a pandering idiot. More than I expected.

  98. beeronthefridge says: May 15, 2012 10:03 AM

    Louisiana’s State Government is what happens when in-bred citizens vote in-bred politicians into office.

  99. goodolebaghead says: May 15, 2012 10:08 AM

    In B4 obligatory Saints/New Orleans hate rhetoric including misinformation and sweeping generalizations mischaracterizing a whole region based upon the possible actions of a few people….wait, awwww, too late.

  100. dublindemonszfl says: May 15, 2012 10:17 AM

    Boo Hoo LA “The crybaby state” All fans of teams that play the Taints this year, when they come to your town throw diapers at them! Clean and dry diapers please.

  101. anthonybjones says: May 15, 2012 10:37 AM

    Good thing the bounties weren’t issued on the opposing teams’ dogs. If there’s anything we know about this country, it’s that the well-being of humans is second to that of Fido and co.

  102. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2012 10:37 AM

    In a stunning move, I vote 1-0 for ESPN to reconsider their firing of Rush Limbaugh since it has been proved that he was right.

    If ESPN had a union, they would not have been able to fire Rush, but the funny thing is that the ESPN brass are all liberals and are all for unions, just not for their company.

    Mega Dittos!

  103. suhnum1fan says: May 15, 2012 10:42 AM

    This state has a history of corruption.

  104. purpleguy says: May 15, 2012 10:45 AM

    If coaches and players admitted to the bounty system, precisely what more evidence do the politicians and Saints fans need? Stop looking at the trees and see the forest, admit your team screwed up and move on for cripes sake. This never ending story is as bad as the Vikings stadium deal — at least that one’s over.

  105. annes22 says: May 15, 2012 10:46 AM

    What a shame, get on with it Louisiana State Senate.
    Your team cheated so take the punishment.
    They deserve everything coming to them, and the
    rest of the NFL doesn’t care.

  106. suhisabeast90 says: May 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    Saints are on the Clock…….and Drew Brees needs an explanation of why the saints just took a QB first overall!!!

  107. toolkien says: May 15, 2012 11:00 AM

    P!ss Goodell off and we just might see the Los Angeles Saints…

  108. cwmorga says: May 15, 2012 11:02 AM

    @southcakpanther says: May 15, 2012 9:35 AM

    I can do nothing but laugh at Saint* fans.

    Contract that team already.
    ———————

    I would reply that the league should contract the Panthers, but Saints fans appreciate the 2 built in wins each season. Panthers and Bobcats…what a pathetic sports city.

    And while it’s stupid for the LA legislature to put their 2 cents in, it’s not like they spent weeks deliberating. Someone drew up a resolution and put it to a vote. Everyone squealing that it’s a waste of time needs to understand that, though it is a waste of time, it’s only a waste of a tiny amount.

  109. billhicks666 says: May 15, 2012 11:04 AM

    Aaah, there’s money and time well spent.

  110. 4thqtrsaint says: May 15, 2012 11:07 AM

    Ok… I have to respond. I’m not “assuming” other teams he coached have done it. Former players came out and said so. Google it.

    As far as what Hargrove and Williams signed… It was a piece of paper crafted by the NFL and in both cases the term “bounty program” was never used. It was portrayed that way in the media by the NFL. Google it.

    And saying the Saints got off easy, what you’re saying is they’re guilty. If I see evidence, I’ll agree. Goodell has given no one access to this “evidence” so I’m not going to assume they are guilty because the media says so. And basically that’s all you’ve got. Goodell doesn’t owe evidence to any of us, but if a player or coach gets suspended, they have a right to see it.

    Finally, here we go with the lying again. So, all of you people are okay with bounties for injuries, as long as nobody lies about it? A year suspension for lying? Really?

    Again, Donte Stallworth got the same punishment for killing a human being. Google it.

  111. olcap says: May 15, 2012 11:12 AM

    Pretty telling, when the most smarmy people in the universe (politicians) are ticking up for the despicable behavior of the Saints organization.

    I wouldn’t expect anything less.

  112. granadafan says: May 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    I’m flabbergasted that the Louisiana Senate would waste time and taxpayer money for such a useless resolution. However, I’m reminded that this is SEC territory and “You’re not trying if you’re cheating” is their motto. These people will sell their soul for football.

  113. matzahballz says: May 15, 2012 11:42 AM

    As a person that worked on capital hill back in the day as a page, I saw first hand there how Congressmen/women act during votes and issues. I find this hysterical that a states governing body is trying to have influence on this decision. Doesn’t your state and it’s people have enough issues that need your focus and attention rather than voting on something you have no say in or for that matter no one cares how you vote? Take care of your people!

    No matter what people say, Goodell is great for the NFL and his ruling fits the crime. This is common reaction for a team and the guilty parties. All the no’s on here are their fans that realize the Saints time is slowly coming to an end. If this were another team, they’d be just as furious. I donated, supported efforts and prayed for the people during Katrina BUT in the end, this is a business and the brass of the Saints used a disaster to take advantage and mask how dirty they really are.

  114. salmen76 says: May 15, 2012 11:46 AM

    People kicking the Saints while they are down are cowards. People on here talking all tough thru a computer screen are cowards. I challenge any of you to drive to New Orleans and pick the tavern of your choice, walk in there like a real man and say what you’ve been saying on here! Yea! That’s what i thought! Just thinking about it scared you slap dab to death! People looking for trouble (all you haters kicking the saints while they’re down) ain’t near as tough as the ones waiting for it. Not everybody is tough enough to live in New Orleans and that’s just the way we like it! Geaux Saints!

  115. nineroutsider says: May 15, 2012 11:47 AM

    We will have to go through the entire season hearing about bounties every Saints game. What a downer. It’s too bad these guys did this to themselves. They embarrassed themselves, the league, and their fans (even if they don’t know it). I understand that they may not have fulfilled many bounties on the field, but why couldn’t they simply stop the program when asked the 1st 3 times?

    I refuse to watch any Saints game this year except the one I have to watch: 9ers/Saints. This is the first bounty article I have read or responded to in over a 2 weeks. I don’t want this upcoming season to be defined by the Saints and their bounty program. The league is better than that and so is their product. Thanks but no thanks.

  116. turner28 says: May 15, 2012 11:49 AM

    4thqtrsaint… So let me get this straight, you are not willing to believe what you read or hear in the media, but are willing to believe quotes from former players you may or may not have found on Google.

  117. quizguy66 says: May 15, 2012 12:02 PM

    Where’s the one “no” vote coming from – a Cowboys fan?

    -QG

  118. dabayoubearsfan says: May 15, 2012 12:15 PM

    I wish the state would worry about more important matters, and I want my money back. I want my tax money going to something important like fixing these crappy roads we got.

  119. southcakpanther says: May 15, 2012 12:35 PM

    cwmorga says:
    May 15, 2012 11:02 AM
    @southcakpanther says: May 15, 2012 9:35 AM

    I can do nothing but laugh at Saint* fans.

    Contract that team already.
    ———————

    I would reply that the league should contract the Panthers, but Saints fans appreciate the 2 built in wins each season. Panthers and Bobcats…what a pathetic sports city.
    ————-
    Saints vs Panthers all time series tied at 17-17. Two built in wins huh? Do Saint fans know the team existed prior to 2009?

  120. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: May 15, 2012 12:39 PM

    Can’t tell if the no voter hates the Saints or is actually doing their job correctly…

  121. nolarules says: May 15, 2012 12:40 PM

    To all of you losers who are just trashing on Louisiana and New Orleans, fine by all of us. Stay the hell out of our city and state. Plenty of folks are still coming our way and having a hell of a good time. And we will continue to greet them with open arms. the rest of you can stay home and play with yourselves on the internet in your mom and dad’s basement like usual.

  122. nolarules says: May 15, 2012 12:50 PM

    salmen76 says:
    ———————————–
    Preach on good sir. Nothing but a bunch of pillow biters on this site anyway these days

    southcakpanther says:
    ———————————–
    obvious pillow biter is gonna pillow bite

    dabayoubearsfan says:
    ———————————–
    You should think about moving to Chicago where all of your tax money (big tax jump from Louisiana to Illinois) can go to useful things like union payoffs

  123. 49erstim says: May 15, 2012 1:20 PM

    @salmen76….. So having a viewpoint on a sports related issue and voicing it on a sports blog is wrong and makes somebody a coward?…or is it that anybody that disagrees with YOUR viewpoint is a coward? I will agree that the anonymity of the internet has turned a lot nobodies into tough guys. This is a forum where fans of all 32 teams can come and voice an opinion. All you can do is hit the thumbs down if you’re unhappy. That “rant” was juvenile, Sir. I frequent bars a lot during football season. Having a brew and watching football with other fans is fun and while we love our respective teams and debate issues we are all grown men and are entitled to our opinions. I’m gonna be trying very hard to get tix to that 9ers vs Saints game and I’ll probably be looking for a spot to hang on Saturday night to enjoy a round or 3 and having never been to the wonderful city of New Orleans I was wondering where you think I should go.

  124. salmen76 says: May 15, 2012 3:09 PM

    49rautismman-Non Saints fans should stay the hell outa New Orleans pal. You can go to hell. I still say the whole bounty thing is much-a-do about nothing. If you think defenders ain’t already trying to knock their opponent out you are naive. I compare the bounty bull crap to what it would be like if NASCAR officials handed out speeding tickets at the Daytona 500! You think the Saints and football are too tough then just watch a girl sport like, say, golf. There ya go. If the Saints and NFL football scares you get a dog and watch golf! Ha Ha. I laugh in all yalls faces. The Saints will host and win the Super Bowl in New Orleans this coming January! All you haters will be bowing to the Saints from week 1 all the way to the Super Bowl! Ha Ha. Geaux Saints!

  125. dabayoubearsfan says: May 15, 2012 3:17 PM

    @nolarules says:.. So your telling me Chicago politician are crooked to, but anyways taxpayers support enough people on welfare. We got to support welfare teams, then Benson buys the hornets, “so taxpayers you mind helping out”.

  126. cags777 says: May 15, 2012 3:25 PM

    I thought their legislative session ended weeks ago. Did I miss something?

  127. whodatgirl1 says: May 15, 2012 4:09 PM

    I find it kind a funny that people are bashing the stats’s government for giving their two cents about the issue. If I understand correctly, doesn’t the NFL push for state governments to help pay for rebuilding/refurbishing NFL stadiums? Look at the whole Vikings situation. Why shouldn’t they say anything in favor of the taxpayers? It’s their money that is helping the NFL, right? Without the state’s money there would be no stadiums for the NFL to broadcast and they would loose money.

  128. 4thqtrsaint says: May 15, 2012 4:13 PM

    Turner28 – please stop taking a shortcut to thinking for yourself. If I had to choose between a player that worked for Williams vs what the media says, then I go with the players. Even then, my point wasn’t whether or not I believe or disbelieve anyone. The point I was making was that the people who pretend outrage against the Saints without hard evidence, completely give everyone else a pass. Either bounty programs anger you or they don’t. This pretend anger is just people trying to slam the Saints because they don’t like the team. They don’t care about the truth. They care about being right. And they only pay attention to the information that helps their prejudice arguments.

    Much like you just did to me.

  129. 49erstim says: May 16, 2012 10:10 AM

    @Salmen76…. Thanks for proving my point. Yet another juvenile rant. This place is for big boys so make sure to get an okay from Mommy or Daddy before playing.. See you at the game! :-)

  130. prrbrr says: May 16, 2012 10:18 AM

    Out of touch politicians…imagine that

  131. schaffershokai says: May 17, 2012 9:02 AM

    These guys need to face reality. I say give’em a dose of this: http://youtu.be/KqVNv-rzxcA

  132. duece5 says: May 17, 2012 12:50 PM

    Louisiana Legislators should prioritize their needs for the youth and citizens of the state in this order:

    1. Read
    2. Write
    3. Eat better
    4. Understand the “who dat” phrase makes you sound like an imbecile.
    5. Understand that getting caught lying and cheating has it’s consequences….USE THIS AS A TEACHING/LEARNING MOMENT FOR CHILDREN!!
    6. Repeat

  133. 28purple4mvp says: May 17, 2012 1:00 PM

    whodatgirl1 says:
    May 15, 2012 4:09 PM
    I find it kind a funny that people are bashing the stats’s government for giving their two cents about the issue. If I understand correctly, doesn’t the NFL push for state governments to help pay for rebuilding/refurbishing NFL stadiums? Look at the whole Vikings situation. Why shouldn’t they say anything in favor of the taxpayers? It’s their money that is helping the NFL, right? Without the state’s money there would be no stadiums for the NFL to broadcast and they would loose money.

    What everyone here is trying to tell you guys is that there is more important things to discuss like how the he^^ do we get people out of the city when the next hurricane comes. Did not work so well the last time. I think that it should be #1 on the list.

  134. deeppurple13 says: May 17, 2012 1:17 PM

    I vote 1 to 0 to replay the 09 NFC Championship without the headhunting. Even with 5 turnovers the Vikes still had that game.

    I used to actually have pity for your cause. You have since turned yourselves and your city into a farce. You deserve all that you are receiving right now. Enjoy the asterisk at the end of your “magical” Superbowl win.

  135. bigblackanvil says: May 21, 2012 7:50 AM

    I have not heard the Williams tape yet. I’ve only seen snips posted on here. Did Williams actually mention money as reward for taking out players ? Just curious.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!